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New regional design blueprint drawn up for combined authority schemes

A regional design charter is being drawn up by the West Midlands Combined Authority. Patricia Willoughby, Head of Housing & Regeneration Policy at the WMCA, revealed during the placemaking session at the MDC that mayor Andy Street’s body is working on the production of a regional design charter. The charter would be used in tandem […]

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Brexit collapse in EU students will fuel skills gaps

A drop in the number of EU students attending UK universities could open big skills gap in large areas of the economy like construction, our event has heard. Speaking on the panel of the Universities session at the MDC, Prof Ian Marshall, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Coventry University, said: “The changes Brexit could introduce to the […]

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Local Enterprise Partnership issues plea for funding certainty

Local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) require longer term funding certainty from the government in the upcoming spending review to continue making progress. Sarah Middleton, Chief Executive of the Black Country LEP, told delegates that there are “lots of fantastic projects” under way across the midlands. As an example of the progress that has been achieved by […]

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Developer funds infrastructure to deliver new development project

A logistics developer has agreed to pay for and deliver the first phase of a bypass after Northamptonshire County Council lost its funding for the project. Jonathan Wallis, Development Director of DB Symmetry, told delegates that the company is taking over the project so that it can deliver the plans for its Symmetry Park at […]

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Lords ignored Midlands, says regional transport boss

The midlands were “largely ignored” by a recent damning House of Lords committee report into High Speed 2, the Leader of the region’s transport body told the Midlands Development Conference Maria Machancoses, Director of Midlands Connect, used her keynote presentation to kick off the conference’s HS2 session by criticising the Lords economic affairs committee report […]

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Warning that regions must speak clearly to ministers to deliver ‘critical peice of national investment’ – HS2

Work on HS2 is not too far advanced for the project to be cancelled, the Chair of the umbrella body for East Midlands Councils has warned. Speaking on the Midlands Development Conference East Midlands Councils Chair Andrew Pritchard, said: “The project is not so far down the track that it couldn’t be cancelled. We need […]

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Brexit; the inside view from the Midlands construction and property industry

Following our Brexit straw poll at our BE Premier Leaders Club (poll results here) in May 2019, Built Environment Networking decided to consult our 300 strong audience at the Midlands Development Conference to gauge their opinion on current political developments. The poll took place before Prime Minister Theresa May’s resignation but nevertheless the same question […]

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DB Symettry gain green light for 136-acre scheme

DB Symettry have been given the thumbs up for a major 136-acre scheme set to be transformed into a new logistics hub. The firm, who were recently acquired by Tritax Big Box REIT to create the largest portfolio of prime ‘Big Box’ logistics assets across the UK, now have outline permission to deliver 2.31m sq […]

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“We need your help”

As hosts of the leading built environment networking events, we are always looking at ways we can improve and modernise to ensure we are providing everyone with an outstanding experience. We have recently partnered with Constructing Rainbows to look at ways we can encourage a more diverse audience to our events. We know that by […]

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Exclusive Q&A from Nottingham Trent University

The property, development, infrastructure and construction industries are set to come together on the 23rd May at the Midlands Development Conference with one thing in mind – driving growth within the economy.   Nottingham Trent University is one of two major higher education institutions in the city of Nottingham, and the 13th largest in the UK. Tell […]

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New Midlands partnership to provide 1,000 new homes

A leading affordable housing provider has teamed up with a major UK house-builder to build 1,000 new homes across the Midlands. Midland Heart housing association and home builders Countryside have signed a partnership agreement, which will see the new homes built across the region over the next three years.

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Trebor and Hillwood enter into major Development Agreements for Industrial, Speculative development site located at Dabell Avenue, Blenheim Industrial Estate, Nottingham

Trebor and Hillwood have entered into an agreement with the current lessee of a 5.8 acre site on a prominent industrial location in Nottingham. Trebor/Hillwood are to bring forward a comprehensive development of the Brownfield site for a proposed industrial, speculative, development with units consisting of 42,635 sq ft and 77,692 sq ft.

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Major Construction Event set for the Midlands

On the 23rd May, prominent business and public sector leaders will come together at the Midlands Development Conference – the region’s largest business conference of the year. The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see some of the region’s biggest names in business, politics and local government lead a regional economic debate including discussions […]

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Midland Heart & Partner hand over first homes on first joint development

Leading Midland housing provider Midland Heart has begun to hand over its first homes built with developer Partner. The Leicestershire development at Station Road, Bagworth, is the first of a series of sites on the horizon between the two organisations. The £8.5m development, which is near Coalville, has revitalised almost four acres of derelict industrial […]

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Gallagher Ltd helping deliver Leicester City’s new world-class football training centre

Gallagher Ltd has been successful in securing the groundworks and reinforced concrete superstructures package for Leicester City Football Club’s new world-class football training centre, for principal contractor McLaren. The main building is an impressive structure that moulds into the landscape. Surrounding the building will be 11 full-size outdoor pitches, eight smaller pitches, five training grids […]

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Exclusive Q&A | Urban Growth Company – Catalyst For Growth

The property, development, infrastructure and construction industries are set to come together on the 23rd May at the Midlands Development Conference with one thing in mind – driving growth within the economy. With a major focus on infrastructure connecting cities and towns across the Midlands, and the impending arrival of HS2, the region is set […]

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Northamptonshire school to be converting into new homes

Plans to transform a former Middle School in Northampton into over 100 new homes have been given the green light by Northampton Borough Council’s planning committee. The scheme, being led by Countryside Properties, will see the school converted into 115 new properties, delivering much needed housing in the area.

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Regeneration plans for former 350-acre power station site to be submitted this autumn

A 350-acre site in the Midlands formerly housing the Ironbridge Power Station is set for a major regeneration – with plans likely to be submitted this autumn. Harworth Group, who’ll be speaking at the Midlands Development Conference about this and several other major schemes, are currently working on these plans – with a second consultation […]

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Modular homes project hits completion in just 34 days

The first four homes on a modular housing development site in Northamptonshire have been completed in just 34 days – with traditional construction homes usually taking months. Project Etopia, who’re set to speak at the Offsite Manufacturing Development Conference in June, are behind the project which will see them deliver 47 homes across the Priors […]

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Nottingham set to approve regeneration of long derelict site

Nottingham City Council is gearing up to approve plans for the regeneration of a major site in the city’s Eastside, which has been derelict for 30 years, our event heard. Paul Seddon, Director of Planning & Regeneration at the council, told delegates that new plans for ‘The Island’ site are due to be presented to […]

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£11m co-living development reaches halfway point

The transformation of the former headquarters of construction giant Carillion into an £11 million high quality co-living development has hit a major milestone by reaching the halfway point, with more than 100 studios now completed. Six floors with a total of 108 studios have now been unveiled at the 12-storey building where The Studios24 is […]

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University of Lincoln eyes vision to open regional hubs

The University of Lincoln is planning to open hubs across the county to allow towns such as Boston, Scunthorpe and Grantham to benefit from the growth of the academic institution. Speaking at our event in Lincoln Harvey Dowdy, Director of Estates at the University of Lincoln, said the university planned to stimulate growth in the […]

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Uni of Leicester scheme approved

The go-ahead has been given to plans which will see two 13- and 14-storey blocks constructed near the University of Leicester as part of a bid to create accommodation for 1,200 students – all of which will be a focus of the Midlands Development Conference’s 5th panel, focused on University estates and campus expansions. The […]

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Prime Point ready to go! Stafford – Trebor Developments LLP

Trebor and Seddon Developments have completed a multi-million pound contract to prepare their Prime Point 14 site, located less than a mile from J14 of the M6, for very fast track delivery of two industrial units of 66,000 sq ft and 78,000 sq ft. The site has been remediated, levelled, serviced and access road installed […]

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Midlands Connect prioritises 20 road projects

Midlands Connect prioritises 20 road projects to ensure the region sees the full benefit of record £25 billion investment Midlands Connect tells government and Highways England: make sure record £25 billion roads fund for 2020-2025 reflects importance of the region to the national network; Clarity sought on schemes committed but not completed during RIS1 (2015-20), […]

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Developers paint a new vision for former art school

A £3 million development, which will see a former art school converted into 12 luxury apartments in the heart of Sutton Coldfield, has been given the go-ahead by planners. Developers Key Land Developments and Urban Village have joined forces in a joint venture to transform The Old Art School, on Lichfield Road, into a high […]

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Major new road infrastructure to connect East Midlands to HS2

Nottinghamshire County Council are set to submit a funding request to Government to help fund a major new piece of infrastructure within the East Midlands. The funding bid, totalling £26.5m, would be used to create a new road link connecting the massive new housing and residential development at Cheywynd Barracks to the new HS2 Toton […]

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Nottingham Council to discuss major £2bn investment and development drive

Plans to continue the transformational redevelopments happening across Nottingham are set to be discussed next week. Nottingham City Council – who’ll be speaking at our Nottinghamshire Development Plans Event this month – have already invested heavily into new developments within the city, including an ambitious development on the derelict land surrounding the train station and […]

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Phase 2 of Avant Homes project given green light

Avant Homes, who’re set to speak at our Leeds & Yorkshire Development Plans Conference this month, have received the green light to begin the second phase of their impressive Klyppr Village development in Nottinghamshire. The £35.5m scheme at Clipstone will see the creation of 171 new homes in total – with the second phase set […]

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Pagabo and Built Environment Networking announce new partnership

Pagabo and Built Environment Networking – the UK’s leading provider of construction and networking events – are pleased to announce their new partnership which will allow Pagabo to continue connecting valued clients to the very best the construction industry offers – Simply Better Procurement. Pagabo support public sector organisations across the UK by providing a […]

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CERT Property acquires land for significant Manchester development

A joint venture partnership has completed the purchase of land at 86 Talbot Road, Old Trafford for residential development. CERT Property, who’ll be speaking about their future development plans at our Manchester Development Plans Conference, and Salboy have teamed up to acquire the land which has planning permission for the development of 90 apartments over […]

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Office boom in Nottingham

A newly published report has been resulted showcasing record levels of office take-up within Nottingham. The report by Innes England, which also showed a really strong market across the wider East Midlands region, comes at an exciting period for the city – all of which will be discussed at the Nottinghamshire Development Plans Conference next […]

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Work begins on Northern Quarter office project

Construction work has begun on an impressive new development in Manchester – brought forward by property developer CERT Property. The scheme, based in the thriving Northern Quarter, is set to deliver much needed office space within the city.

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Strategic transport body prepares spending review bid

The Oxford-Cambridge corridor’s transport body will present the Treasury with an investment prospectus, its Chief Officer has revealed. Martin Tugwell, Programme Director of the England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) partnership of businesses and councils, told the delegates at the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Development conference that the prospectus is designed to make the case for funds in […]

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CaMKOx catalysts: shaping the vision

Ahead of the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Development Conference we hear exclusively from Gemma Goddard, Senior Associate at Birketts LLP, on maximising the huge potential the proposed Oxford-Cambridge infrastructure presents to the region:   The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has a vision: creating the UK’s own ’Silicon Valley’ in the form of a seamlessly connected hi-tech […]

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Avant Homes acquire £36m development site

Major housebuilder Avant Homes have purchased a large proportion of land at Chesterfield’s £340m Waterside development site as they continue their growth plans. Avant, who recently announced their ambition to become a £1bn turnover business by 2023, instantly submitted an application to Chesterfield Borough Council for reserved matters planning approval following the £36m acquisition with […]

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Exclusive Q&A; Developing cities to be smart – Siemens

Sarah Handley, Carbon Neutral Programme Manager at Siemens, is set to speak at the Smart Cities Development Conference on the 6th February. Ahead of the event we hear exclusively from Sarah on the exceptional work Siemens is doing within the market as one of the leading smart city providers.    Siemens is at the forefront […]

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WSP on the Oxford Cambridge Arc Corridor – strategic priorities, delivery mechanisms and more

Adrian Hames, Director & Head of Transport Planning at WSP:  The Oxford to Cambridge Arc continues to be a ‘hot’ topic, with many parties discussing the region’s growth potential. Bringing partners together is a must if we are to tackle the challenges and enable delivery, so we’re excited to help drive the conversation at the […]

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Exclusive Developer Q&A: Ed Ellerington, Packaged Living

Packaged Living, backed by Palmer Capital, are a bespoke Build to Rent (B2R) developer and operator at the forefront of the Private Rented Sector (PRS). Having formed last year they’re now looking to develop across the UK – with their first major project at the heart of the proposed Oxford-Cambridge Corridor in Milton Keynes. Ahead […]

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International investors attracted to towns and cities on HS2 route

Julian Jackson, Assistant Director of Planning, Highways & Transport at Bradford Council told delegates that the authority is making case for a Northern Powerhouse rail station in the city. He said that ensuring the city, which currently lacks a main line rail station, is on the new fast route would cut journey times between Bradford […]

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Mass collaborative approach needed to transform economies of the north

HS2 cannot transform the economies of the north on its own, a senior city hall official has told the HS2 Economic Growth Conference.  Edward Highfield, Director of City Growth at Sheffield City Council, said: “I don’t believe faster trains to London will be on their own transformational. Faster trains to London, investment across the north, […]

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HS2 to glue the Midlands back together

HS2 will help to put the UK’s regions on the map for visitors and students worldwide. Maria Machancoses, Director of Midlands Connect, told delegates that the new line would immediately improve the geographical accessibility of the UK when it opens: “HS2 will be known globally as how we travel in the UK. HS2 opens up […]

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Councillors back £50m eight-storey Nottingham development

A £50m development in Nottingham has been unlocked as the project is approved. The city centre development, being brought forward by CERT Property (Sheriff Way Nottingham Ltd), is set to continue the transformation around Nottingham Train Station with the city boasting a number of major schemes in the area. CERT Property (Sheriff Way Nottingham Ltd), […]

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Morgan Sindall; the hallmarks of world-class frameworks

Early contractor involvement, multiple procurement routes, and open communication: the hallmarks of world-class frameworks – by Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure   What are the hallmarks of a world-class framework? What has driven their proliferation over the past decade? And how can innovation shape the framework model moving forward? These were questions put to senior […]

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Nottingham Council Homes set to be revamped in efficiency drive

Nottingham City Council are set to refit more than 150 council houses in a bid to slash tenants’ energy bills in a major efficiency pilot project. The Council, who’re set to speak at the Nottinghamshire Development Plans Event in March, are set to spend more than £5m improving some of Nottingham City Homes’ (NCH) oldest […]

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Conference to drive smart and sustainable development and regeneration

On the 6th February, prominent business and public-sector leaders will come together in Oxford for the inaugural Smart Cities Development Conference – the largest business conference of the year focused on driving and unlocking smart regeneration and development across the UK. The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see some of the biggest names […]

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UK Construction & Property Events Worth Attending in 2019

The construction and property industry is in a fascinating place. On one side there is major disruption and uncertainty with skills, housing, BREXIT and more creating massive challenges which need to be overcome. On the other hand innovative smart solutions are offering ways to combat barriers, whilst ambitious infrastructure projects including HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail […]

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New year, new construction solution as unique multi-regional framework set for UK launch

From 1st January 2019, the public sector will have access to a gold standard service in a unique framework that offers the very best in standards at a local level – a bundle never before assembled on such a scale to SME construction organisations across the UK. Pagabo, the construction procurement specialists, will launch and […]

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Digesting the Construction Frameworks Conference

Construction frameworks were under the spotlight at a conference held in Sheffield on December 13th in Sheffield by Built Environment Network. Maria Claude Hemming, Director of External Affairs at the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), used a keynote presentation at the Construction Frameworks Conference to outline the results of its recent research on frameworks. This […]

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Logistics experiencing Brexit boom

Brexit is benefiting the logistics sector by fuelling demand for warehouse space. Rachel Wood, Managing Director of Sladen Estates, told our West Midlands event that the UK’s withdrawal is having ‘little effect’ across the company’s activities but is proving a boom for its industrial developments: “Brexit is having a positive effect for us. Logistics operators […]

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